Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D., is a strategy director at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In that role, she leads a portfolio of work that supports the creation of a system where high-quality learning can be validated and valued regardless of where it happens, and efficiently contribute to credentials. Lumina’s work in this area includes competency-based education, learning frameworks, assessment, credential recognition and learner records, as well as quality assurance.
This work allows Garrison Duncan to draw on her 15 years of experience as a campus-based professional, designing co-curricular learning experiences and leading assessment. Prior to joining Lumina in 2013, she served as director of student affairs assessment and research at the University of Oregon; director of family programs and commencement at the University of Oregon; a first-year experience instructor at Florida State University; an intake and investigations coordinator at the University of Michigan; and as assistant director of housing and Greek life at Hope College.
Garrison Duncan has researched and written on general education, assessment, innovation in student affairs, Latinas in higher education, and women in leadership. She is co-editor of the book Leading Assessment for Student Success: Ten Tenets That Change Culture and Practice in Student Affairs, publsihed in 2015.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s degree from Texas A&M University and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.